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    Very sad to hear he's gone. Thank you Rusty for...

    Very sad to hear he's gone. Thank you Rusty for everything you gave to all us here on WAB, you will be missed very much.
  2. Sticky: http://www.worldaffairsboard.com/showthread.php?t=...

    http://www.worldaffairsboard.com/showthread.php?t=41886 has a lot of this info in it.

    It always comes down to money and support. In the case of the Iowa's, there is on. Theoretically speaking, yes...
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    No, certainly not true. Actually, the main (and...

    No, certainly not true. Actually, the main (and secondary for that matter) batteries were designed to be able to fire at different targets when needed.
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    Sticky: Yes, I think we can all forget about the BB's...

    Yes, I think we can all forget about the BB's ever coming back. The Kitty Hawk won't be coming back, it just wouldn't make any sense. The Perry's might have a slim chance of a limited return, but I...
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    They found the missing crewmen in a flooded...

    They found the missing crewmen in a flooded berthing compartment :(
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    Do we really need a bigger navy / army/ air...

    Do we really need a bigger navy / army/ air force? Do we not already have enough to protect ourselves? Who are our real threats right now, anyway? What could any of them really do to us and why would...
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    Yes, I meant Burk's. See what Bacardi does?

    Yes, I meant Burk's. See what Bacardi does?
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    Besides maybe some logistics ships, do we really...

    Besides maybe some logistics ships, do we really have anything worth recommissioning? I know the Perry's have been mentioned but is there really any chance of that? Maybe just build more Tico's?
  9. At one time (before the up-link antenna was...

    At one time (before the up-link antenna was installed) I think one of the Iowa's did this, but it wasn't a good idea. I swear I read something on this forum about that, but I can't find it.
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    Sticky: You make a good point there and got me thinking...

    You make a good point there and got me thinking about the whole "automation" proposal that people make. A couple years ago I'd think it would have been quite an accomplishment and quite expensive to...
  11. Sticky: I think you nailed it right there. The cost of...

    I think you nailed it right there. The cost of manpower and lack of manpower to run a single Iowa is pretty ridiculous for what you get out of one ship. Like you said, the cost to build the Zumwalt...
  12. Sticky: That's a valid point but that's also assuming...

    That's a valid point but that's also assuming that they'd be recommissioned instead of another ship being built. I guess the comparison would be the cost of building a ship that can do the things a...
  13. Sticky: I can't imagine the amount of work and cost it...

    I can't imagine the amount of work and cost it would take to make even one Iowa safely operable again. What wouldn't need to be upgraded? The missile systems are outdated and would have to be...
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    Iow's not using it's own backup generators, is...

    Iow's not using it's own backup generators, is it? I can't imagine it would be sine I'm sure it would involve filling some tanks, uncovering sea chests, etc.
  15. To the top! Any spring time updates??

    To the top! Any spring time updates??
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    I wish they'd recommission one or two of them...

    I wish they'd recommission one or two of them just to get this conversation over with.
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    I think we'd have two ships named Missouri,...

    I think we'd have two ships named Missouri, luckily they have different hull numbers. I don't think there's any possibility at all of any battleship ever being recommissioned, even if the president...
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    Nice! She looks great! Thanks for sharing the...

    Nice! She looks great! Thanks for sharing the pics :)
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    Battleships decorated for Christmas?

    I know awhile back the Iowa was decorated for Christmas, like in 2013 I think. Do they still do that? Is it every year or is it just too much work and cost?
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    Sticky: I can't imagine they'd still be running on...

    I can't imagine they'd still be running on generators. You'd think they'd have hooked up to shore power long ago. Could you imagine how much fuel it would take just to run the basics?
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